Sri Lanka in Brief

Sri Lanka is a paradise for sightseeing and leisure, you name it, and we have it, within a tiny area of 65,610 sq, Km (25,332 sq miles), is a package of varied interests. From Colombo on the west coast you may travel to the cool hill country through breathtaking scenery in 3 to 5 hours. Each Turn unfolding a different visual tapestry.

Sri Lanka Country Profile and Vital Statistics

pin Size: 65,525 sq Km

pin Capital: Sri Jayawardenepura

pin Commercial Capital: Colombo

pin GDP (Gross Domestic Product) :US$ 16.4 billion

pin Population; 19.6 million

pin Population density: 311 people per sq km

pin Life expectancy at birth: 74 female, 69 male

pin Literacy rate: 91.8 Percent

pin Languages: Sinhala, Tamil, English, English is widely spoken throughout Sri Lanka , with the exception of remote villages.

pin Ethnic mix: Sinhalese, 74 percent; Tamils, 18 percent; Muslims, 7 percent; Burghers (descendants of Dutch and Portuguese colonists) and others 1 percent

pin Religions: Buddhism, 70 percent; Hinduism, 16 percent; Christianity, 7 percent; Islam, 7 percent

pin Climate: Lowlands tropical, average 27 0 C

pin Central Hills cooler, with temperatures dropping to14 0 C. The south-west monsoon brings rain to the western, southern and central regions from May to July, while the north-eastern monsoon occurs in the north and east in December and January. Sri Lanka boosts a good climate for holiday-makers throughout the year.

pin Location: Island off the south-eastern shores of India , 5 0 55and 9 0 55 north of the equator in the Indian Ocean .

pin Major Exports: Textiles and garments petroleum products, tea, rubber & rubber products, gems and jewellery and spices.

pin Labour Force: 37 percent agriculture; 44 percent industry and commerce; 19 percent service industries.

pin Currency: Sri Lanka Rupee (LKR)

pin Visas: Residents from 72 countries are issued visas on arrival. Consult your local Sri Lankan embassy or consulate, or tourist office or travel agent.

pin Working week: Sri Lanka works a five-day week, from Monday to Friday

pin Business hours: Government offices 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Monday to Friday

pin Banks 9.00 a.m. - 3.00 p.m. Monday to Friday

pin Post offices 8.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. Monday to Friday 8.30 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. Saturday

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